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It was that famous literary giant, William Shakespeare who submitted that: ‘’There is nothing either good or bad; but thinking makes it so.’’ Thinking as used by Shakespeare also connotes reasoning, which the Free Dictionary describes ‘’the act or process of drawing conclusions from facts, evidence, and judgments. Reasoning is so important that Legal pundits have since qualified the rationale of this human activity by attempting to determine what could pass as ‘’right thinking’’ members of the society. In essence, this qualification infers that not all human thoughts are right or rational. Actions are products of thinking. Psychologists have posited that: ‘’Thinking is an activity that resulted in the discovery of the human person, and is directed to a destination. ‘’We think to find the knowledge and understanding of that we want. Thinking is the main thing that distinguishes between humans and animals.’’ Please read below the thoughts of great Nigerians who have left indelible marks on the sands of time as well as that of President Bill Clinton.

  •  ‘’My parents are natives of Eastern Nigeria, the arsenal of republicanism in Nigeria. Although I am Ibo, yet I speak Yoruba and I have a smattering of Hausa. I am now Premier of Eastern Nigeria, the land of my fathers, which lies five hundred miles from Lagos and almost a thousand miles from the place of my birth in Zungeru, in Northern Nigeria. Each of our three Regions is vastly different in many respects, but each has this in common: that, despite variety of languages and customs or differences in climate, all form part of one country which has existed as a political and social entity for fifty years. That is why we believe that the political union of Nigeria is destined to be perpetual and indestructible’’  — Nnamdi Azikiwe
  • ’I appoint you and other people to serve on various regional boards with the firm belief that you will render useful service to your compatriots; in other words, it is a sort of national service. The idea is by all means not for you to regard the opportunity as a money-making privilege! In this connection, I would like to inform you that I was made to understand that in the last meeting you insisted, quite adamantly, on the question of elevating members’ allowances. This attitude will certainly not be of any credit to you, or us, in the eyes of the general public… If your intention is to make money rather than helping your fellow countrymen, then the best course for you to take is to resort to trading or some sort of business which can quench your inordinate monetary thirst.” – Sir Ahmadu Bello, Premier, Northern Region in his response to a Memo that reported a politician’s (Board Member) request for increase of allowances.
  • “Let us make no pretense about it, every human being loves power; power over his fellow men in the state, or in business enterprises; or failing that; power over his wife and children, and over his brothers, sisters, and friends, or, in the case of children, power over his playmates. Of these categories of power, the desire for power over one’s fellow men is the strongest.”Obafemi Awolowo, Inaugural Address as Chancellor of the University of Ife (1967)
  • Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death. – Nelson Mandela – a great believer in an unshakeable belief in the power of empathy, honesty and dialogue to heal the deepest and most intractable wounds.
  • “That man is a hero who can make a friend out of a foe.” In the Dhammapada,  the Buddhist says, “Never does hatred by hatred cease but by love alone.  ‘’Easy to say, hard to do. But we live in a world without walls and we cannot own the future of that world unless we share it.’’ – Bill Jefferson Clinton
  • Leadership by Example: When authentic Statesmen led the nation at the centre and the regions, and rules and regulations were respected and proper procedure was strictly adhered to in the conduct of Government business, the country witnessed the best specimen of leadership by example. First Republic politicians were leaders who sincerely believed in, and faithfully practiced the best tenets of democracy; and were always guided in all they did by the public interest. They played their politics with a passion, formulated their policies for the public good and believed they had a sacred mission to lead their societies on to the path of growth and political, social and economic development.
    And to achieve this they were ready to go to any length, perform any task, offer any sacrifice in order to ensure a higher standard of living for their people. While they were partisan politicians, they still led governments that were inclusive and blind to people’s politics and they tolerated and worked amicably well with the opposition. For them, partisanship ended with the elections, and governments formed were for all the people. While the majority had its way, the minority had its say and it was always listened to. – Adamu Fika; Wazirin Fika, 2011

 

  • Let us make no pretense about it, every human being loves power; power over his fellow men in the state, or in business enterprises; or failing that; power over his wife and children, and over his brothers, sisters, and friends, or, in the case of children, power over his playmates. Of these categories of power, the desire for power over one’s fellow men is the strongest.” Obafemi Awolowo (1981)

LORD DENNING: Thinking distinguished Lord Baron Denning, described by Margaret Thatcher as: “probably the greatest English judge of modern times” would tolerate the issue under the consideration of precedent. Denning delivered bold judgments that ran counter to the law. Described as ‘the people’s judge’ as a result of his support for the individual, Denning was noted for his campaign against the common law principle of precedent.

FAMILY VALUES: One should particularly pity the generation that developed from the advent of the oil boom and military rule that have radically altered our values, norms and ways of life. There was a time in this country when families would do everything possible to prevent their names from getting tarnished as a result of acts of commission or omission. From the period under reference, we developed the culture of waste, militarization of the polity, ignorance, provoked by poor reading culture, arrogance, and the celebrating vanity through huge spending on social functions; such that our young ones have come to accept wasteful spending as ways of life. From the peasant and ordinary people on the streets who sell their votes to desperate politicians, to the citizen on the street who refuses to vote to elect his or her preference, to the intelligentsia who prefer to stand aloof, right on to money bags and purchasers of votes and perpetrators of other electoral misconducts; and leaders, who deliberately misgovern, we must all reflect on how our contributions have negatively impacted the development of the Nigerian nation.

WHO IS LOOKING FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM? – TERRIFIC HEADLINES: The title above does not necessarily refer to the Jerusalem in Israel; but wherever we are located by God to make our journeys through Planet Earth.

Psalm 122: 6-9 states expressly that: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure. 7 May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.”

8 For the sake of my family and friends,  I will say, “Peace be within you.”

9 For the sake of the house of the LORD our God,

 I will seek your prosperity.. 

The Holy Book teaches us and says ‘’Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Harvests of righteousness are sown in peace by those who make peace.  Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. The Book of Psalms written by King David, a man after God’s heart is a product of very deep reflections. And there is a blessing — “may they prosper who love you’’

STIFF-NECKED PEOPLE: The most important consideration is for us to avoid turning to stiff-necked people who refuse to listen to God Almighty. The promise of God as contained in Isaiah 1: 19 is: If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land’’ Going further, the Lord promises that: ‘’Now if you faithfully obey the voice of the LORD your God and are careful to follow all His commandments I am giving you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth’’   Deuteronomy 28:1.

STIFF-NECKEDNESS:  Refers to Scriptures to express the stubborn, untractable spirit of a people not responsive to the guiding of their God (Exodus 32:9; 33:3; Deuteronomy 9:6; 2 Chronicles 36:13; Jeremiah 17:23, etc.) We all need to engage in deep introspection on how best we could move Nigeria forward.  As it is figuratively used, both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament: the word means “stubborn,” “untractable,” “not to be led.” (Judges 14:18; 1 Corinthians 9:9.

May the Good Lord bless Nigeria and Nigerians wherever they may be living.

Thank you Jesus Christ.